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Working Parents, Want to Live Well? Maybe You Should Move to Tennessee

September 21, 2015
by Susan Shain
Contributor

If you have kids, you undoubtedly want to give them the best life you can.

But with rising costs of everything from diapers to education, it can be tough to do so — even when both parents work.

Your quality of life depends heavily on your income potential, cost of living (including childcare and other necessities) and the caliber of schools and the community — all of which differ vastly depending on where you live.

Keeping these factors in mind, where are the best places to live in the United States?

NerdWallet recently analyzed 961 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 to determine the best small cities for working parents.

The result? If you want to live a good life as a working parent, head south. More specifically, head to Tennessee; The Volunteer State had an impressive three cities in the top 10.

The Best Small Cities for Working Parents

Brentwood, Franklin and Germantown, Tennessee came in at numbers one, four and seven, respectively. They all boast excellent schools and good income-to-affordability ratios.

Other states with cities in the top 10 were California (2), Alabama (2), Arkansas, Missouri and Ohio.

Eager to move, but don’t know what to do about your career? Here are a few ideas:

Go Location-Independent

See if your boss will let you work remotely.

If not, don’t worry; you can choose from a growing number of legitimate work-from-home jobs.

Cut Back to One Paycheck

If your partner has a mobile job, you could rely on his or her income while looking for a job in your new city.

Remember that if it has a considerably lower cost of living than your current location, it might not be as hard as you think.

Change Careers

If you’ve felt stagnant in your career, now might be the perfect time to switch it up. You can go back to school, cobble together some side gigs or start your own business.

If you and your family are struggling to afford your town’s cost of living, don’t take it as a given. Moving to another city or state could provide just the boost you need.

Cruise over to NerdWallet to read about the top 100 cities — with details on everything from average commute time to annual cost of childcare.

Your Turn: Where do you live? Is it a good place for working parents?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Connect with her on Twitter: @susan_shain.

by Susan Shain
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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